Cut and Paste
Cut and Paste presents works from the Kemper Museum Permanent Collection that are made using a range of collage techniques, from digital and printed to glued and sewn objects extracted from one context and fashioned into another. Our modern notion of collaging, or papier-collé (French for glued or stuck paper), was ignited in the early twentieth century by artists such as Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) and Georges Braque (1882–1963), who incorporated various text, photographs, found objects, and paper into works of art, resulting in an entirely new medium. This genre is evident today in the work of renowned American artist Romare Bearden (1911–1988), whose exquisite compositions combine watercolor, paint, photographs, fabrics, and paper collaged onto board and paper surfaces, and continue to inspire a generation of contemporary artists. Ed Blackburn (b. 1948) employs digital collaging as part of his process; his photographic representations of collage techniques replace the tactility of glued elements with the smooth finish achieved using computer technology. Cut and Paste presents generations of collage techniques to give greater scope to the methods artists develop in their own art practice.
This exhibition also draws attention to works in the Museum’s collection such as Frank Stella’s (b. 1936) Moby Dick prints, currently on view in the adjacent Connecting Chaos exhibition, in which he layers cut paper onto multiple print processes, and Keltie Ferris’s (b. 1977) The Wrestler (2009) in the Museum’s atrium, which incorporates oil, acrylic, and spray paint into an abstract layering of color and shapes. The definition of collage is as complex as the range of print, paint, photographic, or sculptural media that artists integrate into works of art. Can you locate more works throughout the Kemper Museum that might be considered a collage?